Williams and Hall on Moose Lake, the Best BWCA entry points.

Moose Lake has the best BWCA entry points for your Boundary Waters or Quetico canoe trip because you don’t start with a car trip or long portage from the parking lot. In addition, more Canadian and Minnesota canoe country routes are available from Moose Lake than anywhere else in the Ely area.  Since our dock is less than 1/2 mile from the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness, you can start your trip paddling right from our base.  Or we can give you a tow (water shuttle) to jump-start your adventure.  Since we are only a few miles from Quetico Park, we can also tow you right to the Canadian Border and Ranger Station.  You will not find a better place to be outfitted and begin your canoe country camping adventure.

Why Choose Our Moose Lake BWCA Location

Don’t be fooled by in-town locations. You will be spared the nuisance and added expense of hauling your equipment to the starting point. You will save several hours and get further into the wilderness on your first day.

Unquestionably, the Moose Lake area is the best departure point into the BWCA and Quetico wilderness areas. Canoeists familiar with the Boundary Waters and the Quetico Park know that the most strategic starting point for their canoe trip is to enter the BWCA from Moose Lake. Simply put, Moose Lake has the best Boundary Waters entry points near Ely, MN.

What are my options for my Paddling Adventure?

If you want options on your BWCA canoe trip, this is the area for you! Three to ten-day loops can be easily found. Each one having options to shorten or lengthen the trip as you see fit. Sometimes the weather can hold up your travel progress, sometimes finding a great fishing spot can also change your plans! This area offers solutions to almost every route variable that comes up. We can also suggest great sites for base camps and day trips to some of the smaller lakes.  Of course, we can always talk about good fishing spots for walleye, small mouth bass and lake trout, too.

Moose Lake Entry Point Advantages

  • More Canadian and Minnesota canoe routes are accessible from Moose Lake and we are 1/2 mile from the BWCAW boundary and 5 miles from the Quetico Park.
  • The Canadian Ranger station at Prairie Portage, where all trips entering the southern part of Quetico Park must start, is conveniently located along your route. You can paddle directly to it without portaging, or take advantage of a motorized shuttle ride directly to the border.


  • The Moose Lake Chain is easily navigable. It does not start with a portage!


  • We are just minutes away from the Lake One BWCA entry point, the Snowbank Lake BWCA entry point, Ojibway Lake  and Wood Lake entry points. Depart from any of these entries and you have a variety of routes terminating at our Moose Lake base. You can paddle right back to our docks. We provide transportation to these, as well as all other entry points.

Williams and Hall supports these

Boundary Waters Entry Points

  • BWCA Entry Point 6 – Slim Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 14 – Little Indian Sioux River (north)
  • BWCA Entry Point 16 – Moose/Portage River (north)
  • BWCA Entry Point 19 – Stuart River
  • BWCA Entry Point 20 – Angleworm Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 22 – Mudro Lake (restricted–no camping on Horse Lake)
  • BWCA Entry Point 23 – Mudro Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 26 – Wood Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 28 – Snowbank Lake Only
  • BWCA Entry Point 29 – Ojibway Lake/North Kawishiwi River
  • BWCA Entry Point 30 – Lake One
  • BWCA Entry Point 32 – South Kawishiwi River
  • BWCA Entry Point 33 – Little Gabbro Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 34 – Island River
  • BWCA Entry Point 35 – Isabella Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 36 – Hog Creek
  • BWCA Entry Point 71 – From CANADA
  • BWCA Entry Point 77 – South Hegman Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 24 – Fall Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 25 – Moose Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 27 – Snowbank Lake
  • BWCA Entry Point 31 – Farm Lake
  • F – Moose Lake Chain Only
  • G – Moose Lake to Prairie Portage

Williams and Hall supports these

Quetico Entry Points

  • 23 – Mack Lake
  • 51 – Basswood River
  • 52 – Sarah Lake
  • 53 – Kahshahapiwi Lake
  • 61 – Agnes Lake
  • 62 – Carp Lake


Easy. Fun. Safe. Canoe Adventure.

Start planning now. Make a reservation, call us at 218-365-5837 or contact us today and start planning your Boundary Waters Canoe Trip Experience!